Alleged Killer Tossed in Victim's Grave, Buried Alive

Mob of angry Bolivian villagers teams up in vigilante attack on 17-year-old
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2013 8:47 AM CDT
Alleged Killer Tossed in Victim's Grave, Buried Alive
It takes a village ... to bury a suspected rapist alive.   (Shutterstock)

Sometimes it takes a village … to enact vigilante justice on an alleged teenage murderer. When police identified 17-year-old Santos Ramos as a suspect in the rape and murder of a 35-year-old near the small Bolivian town of Colquechaca, residents took matters into their own hands. During his alleged victim's Wednesday funeral, a crowd of more than 200 descended on Ramos, tied him up, and tossed him into the woman's still-open grave next to her coffin, the BBC reports.

The grave was then filled with dirt, burying Ramos alive and presumably killing him. Residents apparently also blocked the road to prevent police from intervening. The AP notes it wasn't the only lynching carried out on Wednesday in Potosi province: Residents of Tres Cruces attacked two suspected thieves who were alleged to have robbed a car and killed its driver; one was stoned to death, the other burned alive. (Read more Bolivia stories.)

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